Deputy head, 39, who lost his job at Trojan horse school after branding gay people ‘animals’ in WhatsApp chat is back in the classroom giving advice to teachers
- Razwan Faraz lost his job at Nansen Primary School in Birmingham in 2015
- He was one of five teachers suspended amid Birmingham’s Trojan horse scandal
- Mr Faraz has now rebranded as a ‘parenting coach’ giving advice to teachers
Razwan Faraz, 39, lost his job at Nansen Primary School in Birmingham in 2015 after he was embroiled in the Trojan horse scandal
A deputy head teacher who was sacked for describing gay people as ‘animals’ has been allowed back into the classroom to give advice to teachers.
Razwan Faraz, 39, lost his job at Nansen Primary School in Birmingham in 2015 after he was embroiled in the Trojan horse scandal.
He was one of five hard-line Muslim teachers accused of plotting to infiltrate secular state schools in the city and impose Islamic teachings on their pupils.
They were cleared of the plot, but he was dismissed over homophobic comments discovered in a WhatsApp group.
Despite failing in his bid to get his job back last year, he has now re-branded as a ‘parenting coach’, reports The Times.
He is now been allowed back into local schools to advise staff and describes himself as ‘the empathetic teacher’ with an aim of ‘developing pupils for a better world’, according to the newspaper.
Mr Faraz is also giving workshops to people in Birmingham outside of education, including homeless men, it has been claimed.
Counter terrorism experts have slammed any school who has invited Mr Faraz back into their classroom.
They claim they are in breach of guidelines set out by Prevent – the Government’s counter-extremism programme.
Nikkita Malik, the director of the centre on the radicalisation and terrorism at the Henry Jackson Society told The Times: ‘It is disappointing that [Mr] Faraz is involved with parents and teachers, even in an advisory role.
‘Under the Prevent duty, teachers should be especially cautious in taking advice from those we should be protecting our children from.’
Pictured: Nansen Primary School in Birmingham, where Mr Faraz was sacked from for making homophobic comments
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In May 2013, Mr Faraz shared a link to an article about gay marriage in the Whatsapp group.
He added: ‘These animals are going out full force. As teachers we must be aware and counter their satanic ways of influencing young people.’
Four months later, he shared another article about a shrine being used as a meeting spot for homosexuals, in which he said: ‘May Allah further expose this and give us the strength to deal and eradicate it.’
The allegations emerged in an inquiry in 2014 by former counter-terrorism police chief Peter Clarke into the so-called Trojan Horse plot, which saw Muslim hardliners try to infiltrate secular state schools.
The inquiry led to disciplinary proceedings against a number of individuals by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
However, the case against the five key figures collapsed after witness statements from the inquiry were ‘deliberately withheld’ from the panel by officials.
It is understood many of the whistleblowers who gave evidence to the inquiry did not want their evidence disclosed as they were fearful of being identified publicly.
Those accused in the case included Monzoor Hussain, Arshad Hussain and Lindsey Clark, all part of the leadership team at Park View school in Alum Rock.
Also accused were Mr Faraz, former deputy head teacher at Nansen Primary, and Hardeep Saini, former head teacher at Golden Hillock school.